Fiske WordPower

ISBN: 9781402206535

By: Edward FiskeJane MallisonMargery Mandell

Published: 06/01/2006

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The Exclusive System to Learn - Not Just Memorize-Essential Words A powerful vocabulary opens a world of opportunity. Building your word power will help you write more effectively, communicate clearly, score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, or GRE, and be more confident and persuasive in everything you do. But in order to truly increase your vocabulary, you need a system that works. With most guides, you end up only memorizing the new words for a short time, often not even long enough to use them in tests. Fiske WordPower is different. Using the exclusive Fiske system, you will not just memorize words, but truly learn their meanings and how to use them correctly. This knowledge will stay with you longer and be easier to recall-and it doesn't take any longer than less-effective memorization. How does it work? This book uses a simple three-part system: 1. Patterns: Words aren't arranged randomly or alphabetically, but in similar groups that make words easier to remember over time. 2. Deeper Meanings, More Examples: Full explanations-not just brief definitions-of what the words mean, plus multiple examples of the words in sentences. 3. Quick Quizzes: Frequent short quizzes help you test how much you've learned, while helping your brain internalize their meanings. Fiske WordPower is the most effective system for building a vocabulary that gets you clear and successful results.

About the Author

Margery Mandell

Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, and authors the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Jane Mallison has more than twenty years of experience teaching English and has been a member of the College Board SAT committee. Margery Mandell has an MA in English from Columbia and is the coauthor of Million Dollar Words.


Table of Contents

Study Plan

Stage One: Consciousness

Chapter 1: Short Words
Chapter 2: Putting Together/Taking Apart
Chapter 3: Down from Mount Olympus
Quick Quiz #1
Chapter 4: Give and Take
Chapter 5: The Menagerie
Chapter 6: Talking About Talking
Quick Quiz #2
Chapter 7: What’s In? Who’s Out?
Chapter 8: Something’s Coming
Chapter 9: The Art of Losing
Quick Quiz #3
Usage Test #1
Chapter 10: What’s Cookin’?
Chapter 11: Fortune’s Fool
Chapter 12: Stubborn as a Mule
Quick Quiz #4
Chapter 13: Miss Manners
Chapter 14: Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute
Chapter 15: Oddballs
Quick Quiz #5
Chapter 16: Work Ethic
Chapter 17: Words For the Ages
Chapter 18: True Believers
Quick Quiz #6
Usage Test #2
Chapter 19: Enemies, Adversaries, and Antagonists
Chapter 20: Comrades, Cohorts, and Companions
Chapter 21: Sounds Like, Smells Like
Quick Quiz #7
Chapter 22: Them Thar’s Fightin’ Words
Chapter 23: I’m Against That—Or Am I Next to It?
Chapter 24: Splendor in the Grass
Quick Quiz #8
Chapter 25: Farrago
Chapter 26: I Beg of You
Chapter 27: Me, Myself, and I
Quick Quiz #9
Usage Test #3
Chapter 28: I Just Don’t Understand You
Chapter 29: What A Relief
Chapter 30: Bad Guys
Quick Quiz #10
Chapter 31: Not-Quite-Naughty Words
Chapter 32: “The Stream I Go A-fishing In”
Chapter 33: Confound It!
Quick Quiz #11
Chapter 34: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Chapter 35: Lighten Up!
Chapter 36: Don’t Yell at Me!
Quick Quiz #12
Usage Test #4

Stage Two: Competence

Chapter 37: Speech Therapy
Chapter 38: How Deep Is the Ocean, How High Is the Sky?
Chapter 39: Sycophants Galore
Quick Quiz #13
Chapter 40: Down with Everybody
Chapter 41: Oh What a Tangled Web
Chapter 42: The Words of War
Quick Quiz #14
Chapter 43: Bored and Lazy
Chapter 44: See What I Mean?
Chapter 45: In Sickness and Health
Quick Quiz #15
Usage Test #5
Chapter 46: Mad as a Hatter
Chapter 47: Play It Again, Sam
Chapter 48: What a Mess!
Quick Quiz #16
Chapter 49: Keep It Clean
Chapter 50: How Divine!
Chapter 51: Godliness Redux
Quick Quiz #17
Chapter 52: Hodgepodge
Chapter 53: Too Much
Chapter 54: Not Enough
Quick Quiz #18
Usage Test #6
Chapter 55: Send in the Clowns
Chapter 56: Dionysian or Apollonian?
Chapter 57: All in the Family
Quick Quiz #19
Chapter 58: Yield…or Don’t Yield
Chapter 59: Bits and Pieces
Chapter 60: Darkness, My Old Friend
Quick Quiz #20
Chapter 61: Do It In Style
Chapter 62: Scary Things
Chapter 63: No End in Sight
Quick Quiz #21
Usage Test #7
Chapter 64: Om
Chapter 65: Oy
Chapter 66: Chalk Talk
Quick Quiz #22
Chapter 67: Over the Rainbow
Chapter 68: How Sweet It Is
Chapter 69: Sourpuss
Quick Quiz #23
Chapter 70: The Wonderful World of “O”
Chapter 71: The Play’s the Thing
Chapter 72: Not Fully Defined
Quick Quiz #24
Usage Test #8

Stage Three: Mastery

Chapter 73: The Blues…and Other Unpleasant States of Mind
Chapter 74: Get Happy
Chapter 75: Eponyms
Quick Quiz #25
Chapter 76: Gallimaufry
Chapter 77: Bright Lights! Loud Music!
Chapter 78: Crime and Punishment
Quick Quiz #26
Chapter 79: Words, for a Change
Chapter 80: High Finance
Chapter 81: What’s My Line?
Quick Quiz #27
Usage Test #9
Chapter 82: The Body and Beyond
Chapter 83: Off and On
Chapter 84: Who’s the Boss?
Quick Quiz #28
Chapter 85: Man is a Political Animal
Chapter 86: Quarantine Ward
Chapter 87: Bottoms Up!
Quick Quiz #29
Chapter 88: Home Furnishings
Chapter 89: Country Yokel or City Slicker?
Chapter 90: How Interesting
Quick Quiz #30
Usage Test #10
Chapter 91: On the Road
Chapter 92: Parlez-Vous Anglais?
Chapter 93: Achtung!
Quick Quiz #31
Chapter 94: Weighty Words
Chapter 95: What’s in a Name?
Chapter 96: Am I Timid? Or Are You Intimidating?
Quick Quiz #32
Chapter 97: Have Mercy!
Chapter 98: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Chapter 99: Potpourri
Chapter 100: We’re Out of Here
Quick Quiz #33
Usage Test #11
Final Exam

Postscript: More Practice
Answer Key
About the Authors


Have you ever learned a new word and then immediately seen or heard it again? Let’s say you just learned exotic (“out of the ordinary”) and within a week you see an ad for “exotic tropical fru...

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Format: Paperback

Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 17.76 oz
Page Count: 384 pages


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